[COMM-ORG] MCU, Gamaliel affiliate in Metro St. Louis, Ferguson event
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Fire of Faith
Check out the "Big Picture View" in the guest editorial of yesterday’s
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click here to read the story
Peter Dreier and UMSL’s Todd Swanstrom lay out why suburbs like Ferguson
are boiling over: rising poverty, racial and economic disparities, few
elected officials from the new majority populations, limited access to
good jobs or transportation to jobs, and zoning which limits affordable
housing in wealthier areas.
What’s needed now is an interracial coalition of St. Louis and its
troubled suburbs. Together, they could take important steps to bring the
region’s low-income and working-class families into the economic and
educational mainstream. We need local, state and federal policy reforms,
including greater and more equal school funding, shifting funds from
highways to public transit, regional land use planning to open up
suburbs to workforce housing, raising federal and state minimum wages to
help lift workers out of poverty, fix-it-first infrastructure policies
that invest in older parts of the region before building new
infrastructure in the outlying exurbs, job training and hiring policies
that provide poor and minority residents with more jobs in the region’s
infrastructure projects, as well as increasing minority representation
among cops, firefighters, school teachers and other municipal jobs.
We’re all looking for responses to Mike Brown’s shooting and the
explosive events that followed. Overshadowed by stories about looting
are the even bigger stories.
A palpable spirit of freedom and anticipation in marches and rallies
Renewed emphasis on voter registration
Breakthrough conversations about race and racism
The Movement: One Bite at a Time
For more than 20 years, MCU has taken on big issues one piece at a time.
The biggest opportunity to transform our community in generations could
be overwhelming. But MCU's leaders have already been working to expand
economic opportunities and reduce inequity.
MCU’s public meeting is set for 7 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 28 at St.
Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Catholic Church, 1118 N. Grand Blvd. (doors
open 6:30). Here's the agenda:
It’s time for Medicaid Expansion to provide access to affordable health
care for every Missourian
Community Learning Centers can help level the playing field for all
public school students
Every congregation can register 100% of its member s and get 100% to the
It’s time to begin shaping the new interracial coalition and commitments
for St. Louis, starting with the St. Louis County Executive. All
candidates have been invited. Steve Stenger and Rick Stream have
committed to participate. MCU and our allies will call on the next
County Executive to lead the entire County toward our vision of a
community undivided. We’ll challenge them to develop meaningful
community policing, equitable hiring in police departments, and to use
the Childrens’ Services Fund to support wrap-around services in schools.
We need you thisThursday! It may just be our most important public
meeting ever. Stop now and ask 5 of your friends to join you on
Thursday. Forward this email or share our Facebook event
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